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LIST OF NOMINEES

MFW 5 AWARDS is a NON-MONETARY REWARD in the form of a Certificate Of Achievement signed by the Committee, and dedicated online announcements as a PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF EXCELLENCE.
Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • MFW Best Short Film of the Year Award 2019
  • MFW5 Programmer’s Choice Award
  • MFW5 Best Children Short Award
  • MFW5 Youth Jury Choice Award
  • MFW5 Best Fiction Short Award
  • MFW5 Best Documentary Short Award
  • MFW5 Best Animation Short Award
  • MFW5 Best Audio Visual Experimental Short Award
  • MFW5 Youth Jury Award 2019

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AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

List of Award Winners will be announced at the MFW 5 Closing event, at Saturday, 12 October 2019

 


MFW 5 Nominees


MFW5 BEST FICTION SHORT NOMINEES

The nominees for Best Fiction 2019 managed to keep us wanting to know more about the people in the universe that was created.


VINEGAR BATHS

Amanda Nell Eu / Malaysia / 2018 / Fiction / 14:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Quirky & disturbingly beautiful, a completely different tension than what might be expected to happen in a hospital ward.
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ELEPHANTBIRD

Masoud Soheili / Afghanistan / Fiction / 15:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Dramatic story wrapped in a comic mood to unbox an unfamiliar problem of basic human rights to travel.
MFW5 AWARDS

IN FULL BLOOM

Maegan Houang / United States / 2018 / Fiction / 10:40

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: A beautiful, peculiar film that gives a new glimpse of audio-visual interpretation of love and loneliness.


MFW5 BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT NOMINEES

A film is a story. This year’s nominees for best documentary are not limited to the reality. The genre bender is introduced to tease our critical thinking while equally heartfelt and entertaining.


FLORIAN’S LAST CLIMB (Florians letzter Aufstieg)

Harold Chapman / United Kingdom / 2018 / Documentary / 25:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Life can be stranger than fiction. The story spins around memory, archive, reality. This film is a fiction shot as a documentary. The filmmaker blurs the lines between fact and fiction, which makes this film, particularly intriguing in this present world full of facts presented as fiction or the other way around.
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THE HORRIBLE THIRTY: ME, MY FATHER AND RICHARD THE TIGER

Rina Tsou / Taiwan / 2018 / Documentary / 20:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: A personal documentary that presented in a beautiful surreal manner.
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THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE

Johan Palmgren / Sweden / 2018 / Documentary / 15:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: The bland sound topic turned into a very entertaining documentary while staying true to the story.

 


MFW5 BEST CHILDREN SHORT NOMINEES

Music, books and films help children develop their taste. These nominees offer cinematic works of art that could bring joy for children.


CARLOTTA’S FACE

Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld / Germany / 2018 / Animation, Documentary / 05:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: A film that cultivate artistic taste while giving a sense of empathy that people might have a different view of the world.
carlottas Face

LIKE AND FOLLOW

Tobias Schlage, Brent Forrest / Japan / 2019 / Animation / 02:05

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Two minutes attractive film with a twist.
Like-And-Follow

RANCAK!

Stefani Guscia / Indonesia / 2018 / Animation / 05:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Feel the power of short storytelling and younger children audience in mind.
RANCAK

MILESTONE

Aviv Kaufman / Israel / 2018 / Fiction / 13:04

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Thrilling, powerfully acted, this film brings a satisfying conclusion.
Milestone

 


MFW5 BEST AUDIO VISUAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORT NOMINEES

Unconventional films that are open to be interpreted in many different ways.


SISTERS

Daphne Lucker / Not Specified / 2018 / Experimental / 15:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Dynamic and courageous in letting the narrative flows touching a gloomy subject.
Sisters

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Hiroshi Kizu / Japan / 2018 / Experimental / 03:15

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Audio visual art with a unique spatial architectural approach conveyed with body movement.
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THE UMBRELLA

Tsang Hing Weng Eric / Hong Kong / 2018 / Fiction / 21:59

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: A strong intense film that opens wider conversation of a turmoil time.

The-Umbrella

 


MFW5 BEST ANIMATION SHORT NOMINEES

The nominees for Best Animation Short 2019 explore themes that are close to our daily life, friendship and family. We might think there is no more surprise to these topic, however animation push a boundary between imagination and reality.


SELFIES

Claudius Gentinetta / Switzerland / 2018 / Animation / 03:40

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Inspiring unique animation with unsettling familiar self-portraits.
SELFIES

THE FOX & THE PIGEON

OOV Studios / Canada / 2019 / Animation / 06:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Being simple is sometime the hardest and most beautiful thing artists could do.
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MY JUKE-BOX (Mon juke-box)

Florentine Grelier / France / 2019 / Animation, Documentary / 14:59

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Fun, fresh, full of life work of documentary animation film.
My-Juke-box

 


MFW BEST SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 NOMINEES

The nominees for BEST SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR stand out as it lingers in our mind and heart.


FAUVE

Jeremy Comte / Canada / 2018 / Fiction / 15:52

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: Set in a poetic landscape, this film stirs our emotions.
FAUVE

MINOR KEY

Iván Sáinz-Pardo / Spain / 2018 / Fiction / 11:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: The simplicity of this film is inspiring. Set in portrait format which correspond to a popular present way in seeing ‘stories’, this film proves that strong story matters.
TONO-MENOR

ISLE OF CAPRI

Måns Berthas / Sweden / 2018 / Fiction / 05:00

PROGRAMMER’S COMMENTS: A delicate film that mix elements of love and sadness.
Isle-OF-CAPRI



INTERNATIONAL YOUTH JURY AWARD NOMINEES

2019 MFW Youth Jury Board makes its choice from a range of the short films specially selected from 2019 official selections and deciding which of these will get the 2019 International Youth Jury Award.

Here are the list of nominees and comments from the 2018 Youth Jury Board in their own words.


FAUVE

Jeremy Comte / Canada / 2018 / Fiction / 15:52

YOUTH JUDGES COMMENTS: A story that doesn’t shy away from showing viewers nature’s grittiness and a horrific mishap, accompanied by beautiful cinematography and sound that grabs audiences by the shirt and places them right into the desolate environment.
FAUVE

THE APARTMENT

Justine Gauthier / Canada / 2018 / Fiction / 11:38

YOUTH JUDGES COMMENTS: A heartfelt story that focuses on a unique aspect of the broken family trope, showing a mother-children relationship that feels authentic and intimate.

The-Apartment

SISTERS

Daphne Lucker / Not Specified / 2018 / Experimental / 15:00

YOUTH JUDGES COMMENTS: An audiovisual experience that is atmospherically stunning and powerful. The film sparks an emotional connection to the audience. Even through nonverbal communication, there’s an understanding felt by the audience towards the girls’ tragic home life.
Sisters

CARLOTTA’S FACE

Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld / Germany / 2018 / Animation, Documentary / 05:00

YOUTH JUDGES COMMENTS: A personal story that utilizes the animation medium to transport audiences to see through the eyes of the title character and her experiences of not being able to recognize people’s faces.
carlottas Face

MILK

Samiramis Kia / Canada / 2019 / Fiction /Animation / 12:29

YOUTH JUDGES COMMENTS: The sound design immerses the audience into the perspective of the protagonist and shares her predicament as she navigates the hearing world and has to decide between staying there or returning to the world she’s always known.

MILK

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